In an important announcement, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has recently declared that from now onwards, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) would be the planning authority, for all future government housing schemes in Mumbai and its surrounding metropolitan region.
The decision was made in a meeting, chaired by CM, Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, minister of state Ravindra Waikar and officials SRA and MHADA. They have reviewed the progress of various affordable housing schemes ongoing in the city. Fadnavis further directed that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) must be provided with a dedicated police team.
According to senior officials, “CM ordered the constitution of a committee, comprising the urban and revenue secretaries to review pending proposals, as well as to check quality control.” They further said that the creation of new housing stock, new provisions in the SRA, Development Control Regulations, MHADA redevelopment, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and housing on public-private partnership mode, were few other important points discussed at the meeting.
“CM has also ordered the rehabilitation of 29,225 tenements would be completed by March 2019, under the SRA as well as environment clearances must be brought under the Right to Services Act.”, Said, officials.
So far, MHADA has been implementing redevelopment projects and constructing affordable homes under a lottery system. But from now onwards, it has been permanently appointed as the nodal agency for the Centre’s flagship scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), and many other major projects.